There Are Two Notable Closings in Milwaukee

Thankfully, one is only temporary.

In 1997, the owners of then-Alterra Coffee Roasters converted a former auto parts store on the East Side (2211 N. Prospect Ave.) into a café and roastery. Twenty-four years later, the company – now called Colectivo – has closed it, albeit temporarily. That closure happened this past weekend.

I’m one of many who had spent her fair share of time inside the café. Working or meeting up with a friend for coffee – or seeing a live show in the Back Room @ Colectivo, run by The Pabst Theater Group.

The outgoing message on this cafe location’s voicemail confirms the closing, describing it as temporary, and referring customers to other area locations. Colectivo closed its Third Ward (on St. Paul Avenue) location back in November.

In other unfortunate closing news, The Original Pancake House on Downer Avenue will close after service on  Sunday, January 24. Dominion Properties, the landlord for the DeRosa Corporation-run business, confirmed that news via the restaurant’s Facebook page:

We at Dominion Properties are deeply saddened to say goodbye to one of our long-term tenants, The Original Pancake House on Downer. You have been a staple to the community for so many years. Thank you for your dedication, kindness, and delicious food. Unfortunately these unprecedented times have been difficult for local business owners. We will miss you and wish the DeRosa Corporation all the best. We urge everyone to visit again before closing at the end of the month.

The hours of operation are 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon-Fri- and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat-Sun for dining in and curbside pickup.

The Brookfield location of The Original Pancake House – located at 16460 W. Blue Mound Rd. – will remain open.





Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.